I'll be honest. I tried to listen to this book six or seven times and could never get into it. If you can make it through the first four or five chapters it does get good. Not a book that made me look for earbud jobs/chores but it wasn't bad in total.
It felt like the two were reading without working off each other, like the two recordings were made at different times, which made interactions very stilted-sounding. The individuals did a fine job in their own chapters.
This would be a much better movie than book.The writing style is very visually evocative and the sequence of events is very logical. It was like the big battle scene from the Avengers in book format.
I LOVED the other two things I listened to by Peter Clines, The Junkie Quatrain and 14, and I would HIGHLY recommend those (although I felt 14 went off the rails toward the end, it was a wonderfully tense and exciting story). This book was definitely not what I was hoping for. The same clear style and identifiable characters were there, but it felt like one long battle scene, and whenever things got cumbersome or impossible it was almost like he would just say "Oh, and did I forget to mention that THIS is also possible?"
A lot of it felt made up on the spot and contrived. There was so much good story, and so much action, and if you like lots of action this is for you, I was looking for more characters and life.
I love superheroes but never really cared about zombies. But this world is great. The post zombie apocalypse is a great setting for the story and flashbacks provide details of our main heroes. Good humor and original thinking make this an enjoyable book. I'm excited there are others in the series. The audiobook recording is great. The voice acting is remarkable with only slightly similar voices for certain characters. The quality overall is very good. I recommend this highly, if you believe a stranger's recommendation!
Meh... not the greatest of storylines to me. The imagery was fine but didn't like the side roads it takes from the story.
The zombie apocalypse is coming... Hopefully I'm a wizard by the time it gets here.
Very cool story written in a non-conventional way that just adds to the cool factor. If you are a series driven reader, this is a good one for you to try.
Before I explain why I gave an average score for performance, let me first clarify that the way the book was written had NOTHING to do with this. I actually really liked how Peter Clines switches the views to give you a front row seat in the charter's individual story lines. This makes for a very cool take on their overall development throughout the story. What I didn't really like was the switching of readers from male to female. The woman's voice can also tread a bit on the whiny side.
But all in all this is the beginning of an interesting series FOR SURE!
Snyder could have done all the voices. He had way more range. Hvam's women all sounded the same. I had to use context clues to remember who was speaking, or who had probably just made that comment, etc.
I got this on a whim and it was just entertaining. Most zombie universes are stories of how heroes lose and lose fast, survival is much more interesting.
My only critique is in the voice acting. While for the most part it is done very well a lot of human voices, particularly human soldiers, seem to lack some of the mood of the story. The tempo gets thrown a bit. Luckily human soldiers rarely talk and everyone else sounds so natural.
I've listened to the entire EX series repeatedly because the are all just that good. When you want to listen to a book to relax and pass the time this is the one to get!